The action team has been actively engaged throughout the year with the California Community College Board of Governors Task Force on Workforce, Job Creation, and a Strong Economy
, a group charged with better aligning community colleges with the state's regional economies. With several team members sitting on the Task Force, the Summit offered five ideas
this summer for improving the group's draft recommendations--many of them related to how regional industry clusters can play a bigger role in workforce training. The Task Force's final recommendations are expected in September.
Higher education innovation:
After supporting the creation of a $50 million grant in the 2014 budget for encouraging innovation in higher education, Summit partners co-hosted the first-ever California Awards for Innovation in Higher Education Showcase
in March. More than 50 campuses submitted applications, and 33 schools presented innovations aimed at supporting students and collaborating across sectors to improve completion rates and workforce preparation. This summer, fourteen campuses
were awarded grants.
Summit partners continued to support implementation of a range of 2014 legislation aimed at aligning local workforce training systems, including AB 86
(adult education transition), SB 1022
(CSU and UC outcome data), and AB 2148
(workforce system dashboard). The Summit also made a presentation in March on the effectiveness of California's economic and workforce policies to the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy
(JEDE). After the hearing, the Summit and committee issued a joint statement
announcing plans to collaborate on these issues, beginning with a JEDE hearing at the November 2015 Summit.
Financing the Future:
Complementing the Summit's work with the Board of Governors Task Force, CA Fwd has produced a series of reports on how the state can develop a sustainable revenue system. The Financing the Future series identifies a range of options
for more sustainably funding schools and workforce development programs, as well as infrastructure.